Among the countless fly patterns created over the centuries, these 50 have been carefully chosen to represent the development not only of the flies themselves but also of fly-fishing techniques—and of rods, lines, and reels. These iconic flies also chart the spread of this addictive sport from its modern origins on the chalk streams of southern England and the rivers of Scotland to the US, Europe, South America, Australia, and now to nearly every country in the world.
From the Catskills, the birthplace of American fly-fishing, to the wide rivers of the American West to overseas fishing hot spots like New Zealand and Iceland, these pages are filled with profiles of the key characters involved, tying tips, photographs and illustrations of the flies, and detailed explanations of the techniques used to fish them.
The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies is a fascinating companion to the evolution of this captivating sport.
“A delightful ramble along the stream of fishing history.”Star Tribune